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Village of Varenna

The Village of Varenna is divided into a grid of streets that steeply slope down towards Lake Como.

Where
Lago di Como (LC)
Contacts
+39 0341 830119
Official site
Infopoint
Infopoint Varenna
Via IV Novembre, 7
+ 39 0341 830367

The Village of Varenna is divided into a grid of streets that steeply slope down towards Lake Como, where the houses are reflected in the water.

Of prehistoric origins (remains of the Gallo-Romans have been discovered here), Varenna achieved its communal independence in the Middle Ages. During the ten year war the village fought against Como and formed an allegiance with Comacina Island, offering shelter to the island's refugees after it was destroyed. Even then, Varenna was famous for its black and white marble.

The Parish Church of San Giorgio, whose façade is adorned with a large fresco of St. Christopher, is a three-aisled basilica, consecrated in 1313. The most precious work contained therein is the Deposition from the Cross in coloured stone. Not far from the church of San Giorgio, on Via IV Novembre, you can see the entrance to the neoclassical Villa Isimbrandi, also referred to as Villa dei Cipressi (now Hotel Villa Cipressi) with a garden and terraces connected by a staircase with plants of rare beauty and important botanical species.

Slightly further ahead you will find the entrance to Villa Monastero (the Monastery Villa) a name that reflects the building's original use as a spiritual retreat for the Cistercian nuns of St. Mary Magdalene. Among the villa's sculptures, be sure to look out for the work entitled the Clemency of Titus, the last unfinished work by G.B. Comolli (1830).

For those interested in taking a side trip, visit the nearby village of Fiumelatte (river of milk), named for the white foam of the seasonal stream that flows only in the spring from a cave and spills into Lake Como a short distance ahead.

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Places

Villa Monastero

  • Art & Culture
Villa Monastero
190 mt

Villa Monastero

Villa Monastero is one of Varenna’s best-known landmarks. It's now a museum showcasing a collection of items left by its owners
  • Lakes
Villa Monastero, Monumenti Lecco
197 mt

Villa serbelloni

In the village of Bellagio, "the pearl of Lake Como", is home to one of the most evocative historical residences of the Lario
  • Art & Culture
Villa Serbelloni
2.95 km

Centre and lakeside of menaggio

  • Villages
Centre and lakeside of menaggio
3.66 km

Villa mylius vigoni

Rich of suggestions, memories and ancient trees, the park of Villa Vigoni is one of the best preserved romantic gardens in Lombardy
  • Art & Culture
Villa Mylius Vigoni
3.68 km

Bellano's ravine

The creek Pioverna flows thunderous among the rocks and welcomes you with the Bellano’s ravine.
  • Art & Culture
Bellano's ravine
3.97 km

Bellagio

Villas, parks, a romantic lakefront and a maritime history museum. Bellagio is one of the most famous places on Lake Como
  • Villages
Bellagio,Como Lake
3.98 km

Bellano

Bellano offers a lot of historical and cultural attractions and is also an excellent starting point for excursions.
  • Lakes
Bellano_panorama_da_sud_foto di Carlo Borlenghi
4.09 km

Alpe Cainallo

  • Lifestyle
Alpe Cainallo
4.19 km

The Villa Melzi d’Eril Gardens

In Bellagio, the gardens of Villa Melzi which stretch foralmost a kilometre along the Lake Como, attract thousands of visitors each year
  • Art & Culture
The Villa Melzi d’Eril Gardens
4.19 km

Museum of navigation instruments

  • Art & Culture
Museum of Navigation Instruments
4.7 km

Villa Carlotta

Villa Carlotta, located on the shores of Lake Como near the village of Tremezzo, is a triumph of natural and architectural beauty.
  • Art & Culture
Villa Carlotta
4.86 km

Villa Carlotta in Tremezzo

A beautiful walking in the lush botanic garden and inside prestigious artworks.
  • Art & Culture
Villa Carlotta in Tremezzo
5.2 km

Menaggio e Cadenabbia Golf Club

  • Golf
Menaggio Cadenabbia Golf Club, Grandola e Uniti (CO)
5.62 km

Castle of Rezzonico

  • Art & Culture
Castle of Rezzonico
6.72 km

Alpe Giumello

  • Parks
Alpe Giumello
7.29 km

Northern Grigna Regional Park

The Northern Grigna Regional Park between Lake Como and Valsassina means nature, art and culture.
  • Parks
Northern Grigna Regional Park
7.71 km

Villa del Balbianello

The Villa del Balbianello, in the province of Como, looks like a real jewel, known for the magnificence of the structure
  • Lakes
Villa del Balbianello
8 km

Village of ossuccio

On the shores of Lake Como, where its pastel houses are reflected on the water, is known for its UNESCO heritage: the Sacro Monte
  • Villages
Village of Ossuccio
8.68 km

Sacro Monte di Ossuccio

One of the nine pre-alpine Sacred Mountains, UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a privileged place for reflection and spirituality
  • Unesco Sites
Sacro Monte di Ossuccio, Churches of Como
9.09 km

Events

Giir de Mont

Premana (LC)
29/07/2018
  • Active & Green
Giir de Mont
11.7 km

Festival della Musica sull'Acqua

Colico (CO)
30/06/2018 - 25/07/2018
  • Lakes
Festival della Musica sull'Acqua
14.93 km

Activities

Villas of Lake Como boat tour with food tasting

  • Art & Culture
Villas of Lake Como boat tour with food tasting
407 mt

Private Lake Como - Brianza wine day tour from Bellagio

  • Food & Wine
Private Lake Como - Brianza wine day tour from Bellagio
3.48 km

Boat rental on Como Lake near Bellagio

Boat rental on Como Lake near Bellagio
8.72 km

Where to sleep

DEL SOLE

Varenna
DEL SOLE
23 mt

B&B VILLA ELENA

Varenna
B&B VILLA ELENA
23 mt

ROYAL VICTORIA

Varenna
ROYAL VICTORIA
28 mt

B&B CASA STACY

Varenna
B&B CASA STACY
36 mt

CASA CONTRADA BELLA

Varenna
CASA CONTRADA BELLA
44 mt

B&B LA CHIAVE DI VOLTA

Varenna
B&B LA CHIAVE DI VOLTA
47 mt

B&B DIVINA VITA

Varenna
B&B DIVINA VITA
59 mt

CASA PER FERIE VILLA MONASTERO

Varenna
CASA PER FERIE VILLA MONASTERO
61 mt

B&B LA GONDOLA LARIANA

Varenna
B&B LA GONDOLA LARIANA
61 mt

AFFITTACAMERE CASA ROSSA

Varenna
AFFITTACAMERE CASA ROSSA
61 mt

AFFITTACAMERE APPARTAMENTO CASA ROSSA

Varenna
AFFITTACAMERE APPARTAMENTO CASA ROSSA
61 mt

AFFITTACAMERE CASA 3 ARCHI - RESIDENCE DELL'ARCO

Varenna
AFFITTACAMERE CASA 3 ARCHI - RESIDENCE DELL'ARCO
62 mt

B&B DELLA CONTRADA DEL PRATO

Varenna
B&B DELLA CONTRADA DEL PRATO
72 mt

FORESTERIA...IL GIARDINO SUL LAGO

Varenna
FORESTERIA...IL GIARDINO SUL LAGO
81 mt

DU LAC

Varenna
DU LAC
88 mt

MILANO DIPENDENZA CASA ROSSA

Varenna
MILANO DIPENDENZA CASA ROSSA
92 mt

MILANO

Varenna
MILANO
92 mt

B&B TOSCA HOUSE

Varenna
B&B TOSCA HOUSE
95 mt

B&B IL BOLENTINO VARENNA

Varenna
B&B IL BOLENTINO VARENNA
95 mt

B&B ORANGE HOUSE

Varenna
B&B ORANGE HOUSE
95 mt